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  • March 8, Northern California WERCouncil - Sierra Nevada Beer Tour and Lunch, 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • March 18, Atlanta WERCouncil - Fundamentals of Systematic Layout Planning, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • March 28, Baltimore DC WERCouncil PeaPod Warehousing and Fulfillment Tour, 4 to 8 p.m.

  • Creating more DC slots without adding space
    DC Velocity
    British fashion retailer River Island faced the classic growth challenge — at least where its distribution operations were concerned. After 60-plus years of operating brick-and-mortar stores, the company had jumped into international e-commerce. While the venture was proving successful, the added volume was straining the capacity of its 466,000-square-foot DC in Milton Keynes, northwest of London. The company did not want to enlarge the facility, nor did management want to add a DC elsewhere in the country. Rather, it wanted to find a way to expand the existing building's capacity.
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    3 ways to improve order fulfillment
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Order fulfillment often is reported to consume more than 60 percent of the total direct labor associated with warehouse operation. Consequently, the warehouse picking area usually offers the best opportunities for savings through use of optimization methods. This article focuses on three of those methods.
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    When considering DC automation, what are the associated technological variables and attributes?
    Distribution Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "Companies, who are considering DC automation, should first have a consensus among the planning team managers as to what the system objectives and business issues are relative to adopting new and more highly automated processing methods."
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    Small businesses benefit from international supply chains
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Small and medium-sized enterprises in G7 and BRICM economies that reach international markets are twice as likely to be successful as those that only operate domestically, according to a study which surveyed 410 SMEs. Of the SMEs surveyed by U.S.-based IHS Global Insight and DHL Express, 26 percent of those that traded internationally also significantly outperformed the market, while only 13 percent of domestic-only SMEs also outperformed the market. SMEs cited several key benefits of an international approach, including access to new markets and technology as well as stronger diversification of their products or services.
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    How ambidextrous is your company — especially in dynamic, emerging environments?
    Managers today face an apparent contradiction. On one hand, austerity in the developed world and intense competition push them to cut costs and drive efficiencies. On the other, the increasing pace of change means they need to emphasize innovation. Resolving this contradiction requires ambidexterity: the ability to both explore new avenues and exploit existing ones.
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    Warehouses and sweating slab
    By Megan Browning
    Condensation occurs when warm, moist air contacts a cold surface. As the air becomes colder, it loses its ability to store moisture. In the summer, this process can be seen as a sheen of water droplets on cans and bottles containing cold beverages. But in the spring and fall, temperature swings and the accompanying condensation can wreak havoc in workplaces of many types — especially warehouses. The accumulation of those little droplets of water can be a big problem. Let's take a look at the issues this slippery situation can create, and some potential solutions.
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    Industry Pulse: Does your facility have a problem with sweating slab?
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    Call for contributors
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        3 reasons managers do not get the most out of employees (By Feras Banna)
    Back to basics: Inventory handling and tracking technologies (Material Handling & Logistics)
    Conveying a sense of urgency (Material Handling & Logistics)
    Cliff Holste: Restoring aging material handling equipment and systems will improve DC performance (Distribution Digest)
    Are you ready for supply chain management-as-a-service? (SupplyChainBrain)

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